The verdict up front: generally good and a satisfying monster movie, with lots of homage to the original. Monsters going all WWF on each other is, after all, at the core of a Godzilla movie.
I found the beginning slow, but they managed to start ramping up the tension towards mayhem before I got too restless. The rationale behind one of the principals ending up in the thick of every major event felt flimsy, but again a hallmark of the genre is seeing colossal mayhem through humans trying to survive it and that character’s perspective gave continuity to the epic action happening all around.
My main beef was with a seeming incomprehensible decision by the military to move some critical assets via a means that appeared doomed to monster interference from the beginning. The decision generated a lot of opportunity for tension, drama and outright fright but that whole section of the movie could easily have been avoided by a trivial change in what was, frankly, a dumb plan.
I give it 3.5 stars out of 5. This isn’t high drama but it’s a kick ass monster movie and worthy homage to the genre.